New Employee Spotlight – Darlene Oathout

We’d like to take a moment and recognize our newest employees to Green River. Please take a moment to learn more about them, in their own words.Oathout, Darlene
Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
I am thrilled to be the new Program Assistant for iGrad! After graduating college many moons ago, I worked in staffing for 11 years then retired to become a stay-at-home mom. Fifteen years later I took a seasonal position with Target and ended up working there for 3 years. When I finally tired of working nights, weekends and holidays, I was hired as a part-time Program Assistant in the Assessment and Testing Center. I have enjoyed working with the students and staff at Green River so much that I feel extremely fortunate to finally be a full-time employee.

What drew you to apply to Green River?
While helping my son apply for admission to Green River, I noticed a part-time job opening in the Assessment and Testing Center. I wanted to get back to office work and the idea of working in education was very exciting. I also thought it would be awesome to carpool with my son to school/work. Him, not so much.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
I use the ride to work for reflection and gratitude. If the radio is on, it’s very low so that I’m not distracted by Adele’s ‘Hello’.

What was the very first job you ever had?
I worked in a knife shop in Bellevue Square while I was in college. It was great, except that at the time ‘Crocodile Dundee’ was a popular movie, and every male that came into the store would say, “that’s not a knife, this is a knife” in a terrible Australian accent.

What about your new position is most exciting for you?
I’m most excited to meet the students enrolled in iGrad. I love building relationships with students and learning their stories.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
I would love to learn my job well enough in the first year to be considered a valuable asset to my team and our students.

What three accomplishments are you most proud of in your life?
My two children and my 28 year marriage. Cheesy, but true.

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
My former coworkers in Assessment and Testing call me ‘mom’. Not only am I old enough to actually be their moms, but I also adore them like they were my own children.

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
My bargain hunting skills would amaze and delight the entire audience.

If G.R.E.E.N. where an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?

Great
Relationships
Encourage and
Empower
Naturally

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